New Specialty Care Nursery opens in Mankato

April 18, 2016

MANKATO, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the opening of a new Specialty Care Nursery in the Mankato hospital. The nursery features improved space and enhanced privacy for babies and their families, as well as additional advanced care for the smallest of patients.

“With this facility, and with the highly skilled providers, nurses and staff we have here in Mankato, we are now able to provide short-term advanced care for newborns,” says Katie Linnemann, M.D., pediatric physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. “This includes short-term respiratory care and assisted ventilation, which, if needed in the past, required care outside our community.”

The Specialty Care Nursery provides advanced care to infants who are at least 33 to 34 weeks gestation and weigh at least 1,500 grams, or a little more than three pounds. There are private bays for up to 11 babies and their families at a time, including two sets of twins. The space also features comfortable furnishings for parents in each bay and expanded use of natural lighting.

“We would not have been able to accomplish this expansion and remodeling without the support from our benefactors,” says Dianne Setness, Mayo Clinic Health System operations administrator. “Our staff, members of the Foundation, members of the Auxiliary and community residents all made generous donations to make this a reality. We are sincerely thankful.”

There were 1,455 babies born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato in 2015. The number of patient days a baby stays in the nursery has increased significantly. In 2014, there were 826 nursery patient days. In 2015, that number rose to more than 1,100.

“Prior to this expansion, the Mankato nursery has, at times, been at full capacity. That means we haven’t been able to accept transfer back to our facility,” says Dr. Linnemann. “That resulted in overcrowding at other facilities, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. With this expansion of advanced care and the additional space here in Mankato, we can accept transfers back to our facility sooner and are able to keep more babies here for their care.”


Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

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